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Japanese: モノノ怪
English: Mononoke
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Type: TV
Episodes: 12
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jul 13, 2007 to Sep 28, 2007
Premiered: Summer 2007
Broadcast: Fridays at 00:45 (JST)
Licensors: Discotek Media
Studios: Toei Animation
Source: Original
Genres: HorrorHorror, MysteryMystery, SupernaturalSupernatural, SuspenseSuspense
Themes: Adult CastAdult Cast, HistoricalHistorical, MythologyMythology, PsychologicalPsychological
Duration: 22 min. per ep.
Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity)


Score: 8.421 (scored by 9464994,649 users)
1 indicates a weighted score.
Ranked: #1732
2 based on the top anime page. Please note that 'Not yet aired' and 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #728
Members: 330,913
Favorites: 8,386

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The "Medicine Seller" is a deadly and mysterious master of the occult who travels across feudal Japan in search of malevolent spirits called "mononoke" to slay. When he locates one of these spirits, he cannot simply kill it; he must first learn its Form, its Truth, and its Reason in order to wield the mighty Exorcism Sword and fight against it. He must begin his strange exorcisms with intense psychological analysis and careful investigative work—an extremely dangerous step, as he must first confront and learn about the mononoke before he even has the means to defeat it.

The Medicine Seller's journey leads him to an old-fashioned inn where Shino, a pregnant woman, has finally found a place to rest. The owner has reluctantly placed her in the last vacant room; however, as she settles in, it quickly becomes clear that the room is infested by a lethal band of mononoke, the Zashiki Warashi. With his hunter's intuition, the Medicine Seller begins his investigation to discover the Form, the Truth, and the Reason before the Zashiki Warashi can kill again.

[Written by MAL Rewrite]


The main protagonist of the series, Kusuriuri, was first introduced in "Bakeneko," the final chapter of the Ayakashi: Japanese Classic Horror anthology series. Mononoke was originally broadcast during the NoitaminA programming block in Japan.

Characters & Voice Actors


Sakurai, Takahiro

Man in Fox Mask

Midorikawa, Hikaru




Wakamoto, Norio


Kuwashima, Houko


Tanaka, Rie

Yanagi, Genyousai

Seki, Tomokazu


Nakao, Ryusei


Ikezawa, Haruna


Namikawa, Daisuke


Shibata, Hiroaki
Umezawa, Atsutoshi
Producer, Storyboard
Takeeda, Yoshinori
Assistant Producer
Nakamura, Kenji
Director, Episode Director, Storyboard


Opening Theme

Apple Music
Amazon Music
Youtube Music
"Kagen no Tsuki" by Ryouta Komatsu and Charlie Kosei

Ending Theme

"Natsu no Hana" by JUJU


Apr 6, 2024
A very good adult show from an objective point of view, but possibly not to everyone's taste.

This is a show that you will most probably either "drop because you can't bear to complete it but also can't deny it's good" or "find yourself captivated by it".
The main reason for this claim is that it's not your average anime show; both the art style and animation is unique and not to everyone's taste (Although with a bit of patience, you might eventually appreciate them.). Plus, the stories (It's a multi-story series) contain elements of Japanese mythology, making the plot a bit difficult to follow ...
Feb 10, 2024
Mononoke has distinct story arcs. The Medicine Seller is the main character and he helps people with their psychological problems while battling monsters with his sword. It's a horror show, but not only about scaring the audience. It's also bizarre and enigmatic. The Umibozu arc is quite emotional highlighting that humans are indeed uncaring. The show is very symbolic, yet the story is never lost. It is also visually beautiful with traditional Japanese design and every detail intricate enough. The animation is not always perfect but it is still great. The music is just right. The Medicine Seller is a multifaceted character, being on one ...
Mar 16, 2024
Mixed Feelings
Mononoke is a horror themed anime anthology consisting of 5 stories split into 2 or 3 episodes each

Our main character is the medicine seller who may or may not be based off Abe no Semei the famous Onmyoji as he has a fox like appearance

Is the medicine seller human? Its never revealed who he is.

Mononoke takes place between the end of the Edo period(1600s - 1860s) and Meiji era of Japan (1860s - 1900s) as such the culture and clothing is shown thoughout.

The premise revolves around the medicine seller entering a place and finding it plagued with a Mononoke, basically a ghost. He must first ...

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